Researchers evaluated 16 female patients with RS who had received posterior spinal fusion and unit rod instrumentation between 1995 and 2003. Patients with a minimum of two-year follow-up were included. Among the individuals included:
• There was a high rate of early medical complications, with 28 major and 37 minor complications.
• Major respiratory complications occurred in 63 percent of patients and comprised 61 percent of all major complications.
• Major gastrointestinal complications occurred in 37 percent of patients and comprised 21 percent of all major complications.
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